CTA Provides Convenient Service to the Bud Billiken Parade Saturday

August 7, 2008
08/07/2008

CTA will provide extra bus and rail service on Saturday, August 9 in order to accommodate the anticipated crowds heading to the 79th Annual Bud Billiken Parade on Chicago's South Side.

Extra service will be provided on bus routes operating close to the parade venue. In addition, CTA will reroute the #3 King Drive, #15 Jeffery Local, #43 43rd, #47 47th and #55 Garfield buses around the immediate parade area.

King Drive will be closed between 35th and Garfield beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday. The parade will start at 10 a.m. and run until approximately 4 p.m. before disbanding in Washington Park. Detours may begin as early as 6 a.m. at the direction of the Chicago Police Department based on traffic volume in the area. King Drive is expected to remain closed until late Saturday afternoon.

Bus Service:

  • Additional buses will operate on the #3 King Drive route beginning at 7 a.m. Northbound buses will detour around the parade area via King, 61st, Indiana, 31st, back to King and then resume the regular route. Southbound buses will operate via 31st, Michigan, 61st, back to King and then resume the regular route.

  • Additional buses will operate on the #55 Garfield route beginning at 7 a.m. Eastbound buses will detour around the parade area via Garfield (55th), Michigan, 61st, Cottage Grove, back to 55th and then resume the regular route. Westbound buses will operate via 55th, Cottage Grove, 61st, Indiana, back to 55th and then resume the regular route.

  • Additional buses will operate on the #15 Jeffery Local route beginning at 7 a.m. The #15 will operate in two segments around the parade route. One segment will operate between 103rd and Stony Island and 51st and Cottage Grove.

    The other segment will operate bus service between the 47th Street Red Line station and 51st and Cottage Grove traveling around the parade southbound on 51st toMichigan, 61st and Cottage Grove and northbound on Cottage Grove, 61st, Indiana and back to 51st.

    A bus shuttle will operate between the Red Line station and 51st Cottage Grove.

  • Service on the #43 43rd route will operate in two segments with regularly scheduled service operating in both directions along the west portion of the route between Prairie and the 43rd Street Green Line station. There also will be service operating in both directions on the east portion of the route between 44th and Forestville and 43rd and St. Lawrence.

    A bus shuttle will operate between 43rd and St. Lawrence and 43rd and Prairie.

  • Service on the #47 47th will operate in two segments with regularly scheduled service operating between the Orange Line at Midway and the 47th Street Green Line station. There also will be service operating via 47th between Lake Park and the 47th Street Red Line station.

    A bus shuttle will operate between the Red Line and Lake Park.

  • Additional buses will operate on the #4 Cottage Grove route beginning at 7 a.m. No reroutes will be necessary.
Rail Service:

Longer Green Line trains will operate as crowds warrant.

Additional customer assistants will be on duty at the 35th, 43rd, 47th, 51st and Garfield Green Line stations and at the 47th and Garfield Red Line stations to assist parade spectators with fare and travel information.

For details about all CTA service, call 836-7000 (all local area codes) or visit the Web site at www.transitchicago.com.

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